The staff has been within the works since summer time 2021 and has already been authorised and registered by the American Collegiate Rowing Affiliation.
“ACRA is proud to do no matter we will to help our sport’s progress and encourage SAU and different HBCUs to affix our group,” mentioned ACRA president Cam Brown.
They’ve been competing nearly. Dwell water competitors is anticipated to start as early as Fall 2022.
The one HBCU to sponsor a rowing staff has been Howard, which began a program in Washington, DC, within the Nineteen Sixties. A 1964 Sports activities Illustrated article gave a historic account of the Howard staff. That Howard Crew program got here again to the rowing world’s consideration in 2020 through social media because of posts from Rowers for BLM.
“We began trying into Howard and what they’d occurring, and put us on somewhat task,” mentioned SAU junior rowing staff member Mikahya Hill in a press release. “We did not discover something: Simply Howard, and that was about so far as rowing at HBCUs went.”
The staff has a roster of 5 student-athletes, which at the moment permits them to compete within the Quad class. The group plans to develop to 10 athletes to compete within the eight classes.
“We’re simply wanting to get on the water already,” mentioned Hill in a press release. “We wish to get issues going and get extra devoted folks on the staff who wish to make a reputation for ourselves.”
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